Laugavegurinn – Skógar to Landmannalaugar

During the summer, Marion and I went to hike along this famous trail, called Laugavegurinn. Skógar to Landmannalaugar. 4 to 6 days, depending how many stops you make…
After parking the car in Hella, we hitchhiked to Skógar, where we spent the first night. Then, the next morning, here we went, up the mountain, between the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, two glaciers. Rain and fog were parts of it, and we really appreciated the shelter at lunch time in the mountain hut… Even in the middle of summer, there is some snow up there… The way down was a bit clearer and we started to enjoy the view of the mountains surrounding us. We arrived in Þórsmörk in the evening, time to pitch the tent and prepare food before sleeping time.
Next day from Þórsmörk to Emstrur/Botnar. Leaving from our campsite, it was really nice to look over our shoulders, since we were getting away from the glaciers, offering a very nice view, with the greenery on the foreground and the ice in the back… It was rather flat and warm, making it quite enjoyable, even after having to cross a couple of fords (knee deep) almost right at the beginning… All in all a nice and “easy” day, although we were not sure to make it to the campground before dusk. After a quite steep ascent and a few bare hills, we finally arrived in time to get all our stuff set.
From Emstrur to Álfavatn, we walked another nice day, although a bit windy. Rather flat leg, crossing some really dry areas. In the evening, Marion walked around looking for hot spots, our campsite being close to them. During the night, the wind picked up, and we tested the resistance of our tent 🙂
For the last leg, from Álfavatn to Landmannalaugar, it started with a steep ascent which led us straight to the clouds, where we spent most of the day afterwards. Reaching a hut around lunchtime, we were happy to take shelter, just time to warm up a bit and grab some food. From then, it was mostly going down, which my knee really didn’t like… At the end of the day, we arrived in the area of Landmannalaugar, where most views where blocked by the rain and fog. But what we could see of it was beautiful, and worth a visit, for sure. The campsite, sitting just at the edge of a lava field, is even boasting a hot spring, quite enjoyable after four days hiking through this rough landscape. Soaking in there was definitely highly relaxing.
So, all in all, a great hike, even with rough conditions, and I recommend it to anybody who likes walking in the wilderness… 🙂

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